10.8.06

Mind-boggling: intellectually or emotionally overwhelming

I feel sick. Sick to the stomach. I had given up on trying to understand. I had given up on prayer, then started praying God, Jesus, Allah, Buddha, the sun, the wind, and the stars, then gave up again. I tried reading inspirational texts and encouraging quotes; I tried meditation, deep breathing, relaxation techniques... anything that might relieve me from all this madness, that might let me see some light at the end of that pitch-dark tunnel. But the madness kept catching up with me. With all of us. And now there seems to be no end for it.
In a normal world, a Prime Minister's tears would not be mocked by a Steffi Graff look-alike (sometimes blondes truly live up to their reputation...)
==>(read his speech).
In a normal world, the masses would not be slumbering while their fellow human beings are being killed. (I wonder, how does everyone still go about their business normally? Do they wake up, switch on the news, and go: "Oh, it's these Arabs and Jews that are killing each other again, pfffffff.... bo-ring. Hummm... what am I going to wear today?")
In a normal world, the UN would be something other than just a prefix for the world UNABLE.
In a normal world, the media would not be biased or misinformed. (too many examples to link to here, but you all know what I'm talking about -- here's one anyways).
In a normal world, children and infants would not constitute 1/3 of killed civilians in a war.
In a normal world, a cease-fire would have been decreed a long time ago.
In a normal world, humanitarian convoys would not be bombed, and fuel would be allowed to reach port at least to prevent hospitals from shutting down.
In a normal world, bombs would not be dubbed as birth pangs of a New Middle East (Rice's now infamous metaphor).
In a normal world, an end to all this madness would have been sought a long time ago, instead of finger-pointing and more destruction.
But then... who am I to define what is normal?

11 Comments:

At Thursday, August 10, 2006 5:43:00 AM, Blogger Akiva M said...

"In a normal world, the masses would not be slumbering while their fellow human beings are being killed. (I wonder, how does everyone still go about their business normally? Do they wake up, switch on the news, and go: "Oh, it's these Arabs and Jews that are killing each other again, pfffffff.... bo-ring. Hummm... what am I going to wear today?")"

Wish that were true. In fact, several hundred thousand Rwandans probably wish that were true more than I do. So do the people of Darfur.

The fact is, until the violence affects someone personally, most people slumber while others are killed. That's not abnormal at all, sadly enough.

 
At Thursday, August 10, 2006 5:50:00 AM, Blogger jooj said...

atta3li albi olmert khara.

One of the goals of such Israeli propaganda is to get us to question what is normal and what is not.

Eh ni7na normal w nos! W wa7ad normal birabbi miyyi. Let's just hope we stay so!

 
At Thursday, August 10, 2006 5:59:00 AM, Blogger Mirvat said...

you're a human being.. they're not.

 
At Thursday, August 10, 2006 7:20:00 AM, Blogger Akiva M said...

1) I'm not israeli.

2) I don't write propaganda. It's just the truth. It was true in Rwanda, it was true in Drafur, it's true in Iraq, it was true in WWII, it's true in Lebanon, it was true in Chechnya, it was true in Bosnia. But hey - prove me wrong. What did you do to protest the Rwandan genocide (and that was actually a genocide). What have you done to help the situation in Darfur? How have they impacted on your daily lives?

And if the answers are nothing, nothing, and not at all, how can you be all that shocked that others who lack your connection to the deaths in Lebanon react the same way?

3) "you're a human being.. they're not." - that you can blithely toss off one liners like this apparently without pausing for a moment's self reflection is a sad example of why the Arab-Israeli conflict is still lingering.

 
At Thursday, August 10, 2006 9:04:00 AM, Blogger Seven Star Hand said...

Understanding the Fatal Flaws in Judeo-Christian-Islamic Prophecy

Hello Delirious and all,

RE:
"But then... who am I to define what is normal?"

If not you, then who? Please make very good use of this information.

Remember the saying that "the truth will set you (and others) free?" How does "opening one's eyes to the truth" relate to "making the blind see again" or "shining the light" or "illuminating a subject?" Notice the inherent symbolism associated with this supposed New Testament "miracle?"

Pay close attention, profundity knocks at the door, listen for the key. Be Aware! Scoffing causes blindness...

Here's the key to proving that the rapture and related expectations are complete nonsense based on the failure to understand (and the purposeful confounding of) the ancient Hebrew symbology used to construct all of these prophecies. Consequently, Christian timelines and interpretations of these prophecies are verifiably wrong on many key points.

Did you ever consider that Christianity is the False Prophet symbolized in the Apocalypse, that Rome (Vatican/Papacy) is the so-called anti-messiah, and Jesus Christ is the false messiah? I have produced stunning and comprehensive proof that this is the true interpretation of pivotal prophecies long confounded by Christianity's founders and leaders. Recasting the symbolism of earlier Hebrew texts as literal events in the New Testament is one of the central deceptions associated with Christianity.

The symbolism of seven years (tribulation, etc.) refers to seven 360-year cycles on the Hebrew calendar. Ezekiel 39.9 is referring to the 10th to 16th cycles inclusive, while the Apocalypse symbolizes the 11th cycle (second temple period) until now, the beginning of the 17th cycle (seventh angel/star/seal, etc.). Greece (Alexander the Great) conquered the Persian Empire and Judea during the 10th cycle and Rome did so again during the 11th cycle. Both Ezekiel and the Apocalypse are symbolizing an overlapping period of time that starts during ancient Judea and ends now. Gog refers to Greco-Romans (...from the "isles"), which means Magog is Eurasia and the "army" that besets "Israel" for seven "years" refers to the activities of the nations of the Greco-Roman/Vatican Empire over the previous two-plus millennia.

It is completely wrong to interpret any of these prophecies as literal timelines and events. Unlike Christian assertions, they symbolize long periods of time, pivotal situations, and the flow of activities during that period. Remember, they were written by ancient Hebrew sages, not Romans or other Europeans, and Revelation is the most symbolic of all prophecies. Consequently, in this context, "years" and "times" are symbols for 360-year cycles on the Hebrew calendar and days symbolize literal years. Therefore "Judgement Day," "Great Day" and "in that day" all refer to a literal year-long period. Accordingly, the so-called "Seven Years Tribulation" began in ancient Judea and is now nearing its end, not starting. The nations and followers of all three faiths of Abraham have been thoroughly deceived by Rome during the previous age, which ended in year 2000 (5760). A new age began in 2001 (5761) and now the seventh angel has begun to sound!

Read the full article below:

Here is Wisdom

Peace...

 
At Thursday, August 10, 2006 12:28:00 PM, Blogger lennybruce said...

Take my hand.......

I am dutch-israeli, an IDF veteran of Lebanon 1982, and since that experience a committed peace activist. My thoughts on the current human tragedy:

Civilian deaths and displacement UNACCEPTABLE regardless of one's point of view

You can say whatever you want about who started what and when and why, but the fact remains that the human suffering in Lebanon is absolutely and totally unacceptable. If you believe it is acceptable, then please explain your view: why the great majority of the dead, injured and displaced, who have NOTHING to do with Hezbollah should deserve what they are receiving? Why? What crime have they committed? And if you say, well.. you know.. lots of them support Hezbollah.. then I say to you, since when is someone's opinion or feeling about something justification for death? I must have missed that lesson.

So again, whatever side of the debate you are on, Israel's actions and reactions to Hezbollah, is causing a humanitarian disaster. (Yes, i know there are lots of disasters around the world, but that doesnt mean this is not one so spare me that line). And you can believe what you want that the ultimate responsibility is Hezbollah's, (and there is some truth to that which will have to faced in honest introspection) but I gaurantee you, all the dead in Lebanon are lying under Istraeli bombs and shells.

True military victory not possible

Anyone with any knowledge will know that short of a level of destruction and death, which everyone will have to face as meeting normative criteria of war crimes, there is no military solution. No modern conventional army has succeeded in defeating an entrenched 'geurilla' movement once it has reached a critical mass of military prowess and social support. So you have two choices: stop because killing isnt going to achieve the goal anyway or raise the level to that which will undeniably be one of war crimes. Or do like the babylonians and romans used to do... kill indiscrimately in huge numbers and forcibly disperse huge numbers in order to pacify a country. Anyone here really willing to do that? So, you can just as well stop now then.

And last, yes my Lebanese friends, at some point, you too will have to make a choice

You do know, that a democratic country can not function with an independent militia that is actually stronger than the army of the central government. I understand what Hezbollah has meant for you. They were the ones who lead the way to Israel's withdrawal from (almost all of) Lebanon. They fulfill a vital function in many areas in education, healthcare and welfare. I appreciate that. And I appreciate the fact that your country is still a fragile democracy, an emerging democracy, with many rivalries that if not managed delicately can threaten your emerging democracy. So tell us, tell the world, how we can help, what we can do (after stopping this war) to aid your country move to the next level of stable democracy. But first, you do have to decide about an independent army that can, if it wants, probably bring down the central governement.

I know one thing, to solve my pain I need your cooperation and you need my cooperation to solve your pain. We are then each other's key to solving the other's pain. And I will start by saying, no more will I try and prove that my pain and suffering is greater than yours. And make that my justification for inflicting more pain on you. Pain is pain. A dead baby is a dead baby regardless of color, religion, place or time. The mother hurts the same. So take my hand, and lets stop this nonsense. Together, in peace, jew, muslim, christian, druze, shia, sunni, whatever.... together we can recreate the garden of eden in the middle east.

peace and love

 
At Thursday, August 10, 2006 6:46:00 PM, Blogger Ana Min Beirut said...

I hear you my brother, I hear you.
Violence is the resort of the incompetent and all those who govern us (you & us) are incompetent, and this is why people are dying on both sides.

How many more deaths will it take to realize that we all have been wrong in resorting to violence. I can't answer that one. Can't.

 
At Friday, August 11, 2006 12:44:00 AM, Blogger Keith said...

You summed that up better than I ever could Lenny. I do not look at the Lebanon/Israel conflict with indifference. Although I will admit I do not feel as passionatly about them as I would were it my own countrymen. The staggering loss of innocent life cannot be excused, and I especially agree with the statement that it is as much Hizbolah's burden as well as Israel's to stop the violence.

And lets not even get me started on the media, who I think is simply trying to stoke the flames as high as they can, makes for good blips to flash up on the 5 o'clock news.

 
At Friday, August 11, 2006 8:20:00 AM, Blogger Leila said...

I agree with much of Lenny's statement (and am grateful to hear it from an '82 veteran)
But this bit rubs me the wrong way, with all due respect:
"you do know, that a democratic country can not function with an independent militia that is actually stronger than the army of the central government."
Yes, Lenny, many Lebanese do know that. Many, many, many Lebanese - Sunnis, Christians, Druze, non-Hizbullah Shi'ites I dare say - wanted Hizbullah disarmed. THere was some talk of "legitimate resistance" blah blah. But it was clear to many that an independent militia is a hazard.

You won't be seeing that discussion now in the Lebanese blogs much, because many people have decided to table that until this war is over.

Lenny further said:
"I understand what Hezbollah has meant for you. They were the ones who lead the way to Israel's withdrawal from (almost all of) Lebanon. They fulfill a vital function in many areas in education, healthcare and welfare."

Lenny, you are speaking to a "you" which doesn't exist. Hezbollah means different things to different LEbanese. I know Shi'ites who dislike Hezbollah intensely. Yes. Shi'ites. Not the majority of Shi'ites; but some. And there is a range of opinion all over Lebanon, depending on sectarian allegiances and political sympathies.

What's so bitter about all of this is that every Lebanese is being punished for Hizbullah, and for the inability of the weak government of Lebanon to detach Hizbullah from its powerful allies and disarm its military faction. It's called collective punishment and it is a war crime.

Regarding your suggestion that all villages be exterminated - I am sorry to say that I get comments calling for that on my blog all the time. Read the right blogosphere. Listen to American commentators on mainstream news, like Charles Krauthammer. It appears that it is now perfectly acceptable to call for the extermination of whole villages, in order to fight "the cancer of Hizbullah."

But otherwise on the whole I appreciate your remarks so much, Lenny, that I plan to blog them. THank you.

 
At Friday, August 11, 2006 5:17:00 PM, Blogger lennybruce said...

To leila:

(from 'lennybruce' - couldnt recover my password for that account!)

First thank you for your comments both the constructively critical as the complimentary.

One misunderstanding I want to immediately clear because it is a dangerous one. I did not suggest, god forbid, that all villages be exterminated. If my wording suggests that then I would absolutely want to correct that before the text goes anywhere else. I wrote: "Or do like the babylonians and romans used to do... kill indiscrimately in huge numbers and forcibly disperse huge numbers in order to pacify a country. Anyone here really willing to do that? So, you can just as well stop now then." Of course I was trying to confront anyone who still believes in a military solution with the total inacceptability and absurdity of the logic of a military solution. My deepest apologies if it was misunderstood.

And you raise a very interesting point which I did not sufficiently consider. There is no single "you". Not in Lebanon and not really anywhere. I do feel it is important to validate, acknowledge and express understanding for the complexity of the feelings and the relationship of Hezbollah, as a military, social and political organization within the fabric of Lebanese society.

I wish more of this kind of dialogue was happening. Discussing, probing, challenging, exchanging... words and ideas and not bullets, bombs, and missiles. Perhaps one day soon, we can all sit together as friends. I hope so.

And one last personal comment, although my transformation to diehard peacenik happened in Lebanon back in 1982 (and if you are interested I can relate the incident, the moment wherein it happened), I have never expressed to anyone from Lebanon personally my sorrow and sadness, or asked forgiveness for what I did there in 1982. I hope my acts and words today truly show that I am truly sorry. Let's pray for peace!

 
At Friday, August 11, 2006 6:17:00 PM, Blogger Leila said...

Of course Lenny was "suggesting" the extermination of villages in an ironic way, as an example of insane thinking that could not work. However, here in the USA, this suggestion is made in all seriousness in the mainstream media by "respected" pundits. Charles Krauthammer is but one example.

We have descended to that level in the United States. Lenny is in Holland and perhaps isn't aware of how degraded and sick the collective mind of mainstream American media has become.

 

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